The health foods aisle has a way of making guys fat—and unhealthy—and understandably pretty ticked off.
After all, isn’t munching on (nasty-tasting) health foods supposed to be good for you?
If food manufacturers were really out to boost your health, yes. But their end goal isn’t making consumers healthier. It’s making money. And packaging foods as “healthy,” “smart,” and “natural” is an easy way to make a buck. Unfortunately, apart from suckering you into eating foods that really aren’t any healthier than whatever it is you’re trying to sub out, those healthy labels can make you overeat big time. In fact, in a 2015 Penn State study, researchers found that the more fitness-branded foods dieters bought, the more they ate and the less they exercised. So, potentially, your health-foods diet could pack more calories, fat, and ridiculously convoluted chemicals than your unhealthy diet ever did.
This are 5 Samples of Foods that aren’t Healthy
1. Grilled Chicken Sandwich
The sandwich counter is often tainted by fatty toppings like cheese and bacon and served with French fries. Instead, make it at home, cut out the bacon, and serve with some grilled vegetables on the side.
Spread mayonnaise on bread; top with a slice of tomato, salt and ground black pepper to taste, half a grilled chicken breast, and lettuce. Spread untasted side of another slice of bread with mayonnaise and place on top to make a sandwich.
2. Sweet Potato Fries
Yes, sweet potato fries are high in vitamin A, but they are often no better than regular fries. There is nothing unhealthy about a sweet potato. They’re one of many complex carbs great for weight-loss. The fact that sweet potato fries are fried in some unknown vegetable oil, though, is what makes them so unhealthy.
Place sweet potatoes and soybean oil in large bowl, toss lightly. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until tender and golden brown, turning occasionally.
3. Juices and Smoothies
Nothing takes the edge off a hot day like a tall, cool glass of fruit juice or a slushy smoothie. All fruits contain important vitamins and other nutrients but the problem with juice is that you can ingest a cartload of calories in a matter of seconds. When you eat an apple or an orange, the fiber makes you feel full. Drinking one glass of juice is like eating several pieces of fruit, but without the fiber. Control your portions by limiting yourself to a small glass of juice.
Reduced-calorie juices are still full of sweeteners. You’re making a trade-off if you drink diet juice. You’ll save on calories but the sugar substitutes are still there. And you’re almost certainly drinking fructose and artificial sweeteners that can make you hungry a little while later. Pure fruit juice doesn’t have added sweeteners, but it’s still high in natural sugar and calories.
The best smoothies are the green ones. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in a host of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C and vitamin K. Blend them up with mango or apple so the greens won’t overpower the fruit; you’ll get the extra nutrients with fewer calories. Take it easy on the sweet-tooth smoothies at the juice shop. Some of them are full of milk and sugar.
4. Coconut water
It is a delicious and refreshing low-calorie natural beverage. Tender coconut water contains more nutrients than mature coconut water.
Coconut water is an excellent thirst quencher to beat tropical summer thirst. Because of its electrolyte composition, coconut water is also used to dehydrate the body in case of dehydration and fluid loss due to diarrhea, vomiting or excessive sweating. A good source of carbohydrates, it also helps lift your energy level. Research suggests that coconut water can be used to dehydrate the body after exercise. In addition to boosting dehydration, coconut water is also easy on the stomach and thus is used to soothe tummy troubles like indigestion, acid reflex and gastroenteritis.
Coconut water is considered good for controlling high blood pressure, thanks to its vitamin C, potassium and magnesium content. Potassium, in particular, helps lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of sodium. To help reduce high blood pressure, drink a cup of fresh coconut water twice a day. Bottled coconut water, however, may not be very beneficial as may be high in sodium.
Coconut water is an ideal drink for weight loss. It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. In fact, this light and refreshing drink contains various bio active enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism. Plus, coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps balance out sodium. Excess sodium in the body tends to cause water retention, contributing to water weight. Thus, coconut water helps flush out excess water as well as toxins from your body. You can drink an 8-ounce glass of this health drink 3 or 4 times a week to facilitate weight loss. Do not drink coconut water in excess as eventually it may add more calories than you want.
5. Veggie Chips
Veggie chips are a tasty and colorful assortment of sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, green beans, and taro. Packed with fiber, these vegetable chips are a healthy snack option that contains less fat than regular potato chips. Vegetables have never tasted this good before… so good that you won’t miss potato chips one bit.
Veggie chips are made from different types of sliced fresh vegetables, including sweet potato, squash, carrots, green beans, and taro. After the vegetables are sliced, they are lightly fried in batches to achieve a crispy texture.
Also look at the calorie, fat, sodium, and carb counts. Many veggie chips are just as fattening as the potato chips you’re likely trying to avoid.
You can also make better, healthier (and better-tasting) veggie chips at home. Thinly slice beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes, drizzle them with olive oil, and bake them at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until they’re crisp.